Jaclyn Hughes, an English teacher at Starmount High School, hosted and judged the 2016 Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest. After the January snow days, students were hesitant to jump back into school; however, the kids at Starmount were excited for the poetry competition, which was open for any high school student willing to write an original poem for the chance to win some delicious chocolate-y prizes and more.
The poets met in Hughes’ room during their last class period of school and celebrated with a party. After each party game, one of the top three winning poems was read aloud. The creativity and originality of the poems were impressive. Themes ranged from crushes, unrequited love, and everlasting love in the spectrum of submissions.
The winning poet in first place was Destiny Martinez with her submission of “Dead Leaves.”
“I’ve never hated somebody as much as I hate you.
Wait a minute, let me rephrase;
I’ve never loved somebody as much as I loved you.”
In second place was Bobbi Southard with her submission of “What is Love.” She wrote, “A word from your mouth / A feeling from your heart / A meaning / A purpose / A work of art…”
Christy Rucker placed third with her submission of “You Gave Me Paradise.”
And when this life is over
and this world meets the end
I will not stop loving you
my soulmate, my best friend.
The English Department also chose two honorable mentions: Amber Allgood with “Gifted Love” and Kadon Renegar with his poem “Broken (Left for Dead).”
Gavin Adams is a member of the Starmount High School Journalism Club.